Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Leader of Wellbeing Primary

A busy and celebratory Term 4 is well and truly underway! I trust that our families have enjoyed their well-earned break and are looking forward to the season of Advent with great anticipation, as Christmas will be upon us before we know it.

In the coming weeks, the 2020 Student Council will be finalised and announced to the community. It is important for students to experience leadership opportunities throughout their schooling in order to support them in developing skills in relationship building and collaboration, as well as helping them form identities as individuals and leaders. This year, we have further developed the Year 5 program to offer Leadership Workshops to students in preparation for their final year of Primary schooling. The workshops took place over three weeks, focusing on themes of leading for learning, leading through teamwork, and leading as people of faith. Over 70 Year 5 students took up this opportunity and participated with enthusiasm. This week, the Year 5 students also participated in a Leadership Retreat run by 24:7 Ministries. As always, the 24:7 team inspired the students connecting their personal contexts to the example of Jesus and intervention of the Spirit. I have great faith that the 2020 Year 6 cohort will be shining examples of the beliefs and values of Newman College for their peers and the wider community.

This past week, Mrs Sharon Thompson and I had the privilege of travelling to Central Australia to take part in the Marist Solidarity Retreat. Over four days we visited incredibly beautiful natural sites of significance to the Arrernte people, traveled from Alice Springs to the community of Santa Teresa and spent time in the local school and church, and camped out in the desert; all whilst engaged in moving faith formation led by the Marist Formation Team. The encounters we had over this short time were impactful and overwhelming; and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have joined Marists from around the country on this remarkable experience.

Newman Arts Festival

The Newman Arts Festival was another wonderful opportunity to see the excellent work done in the area of Visual Arts across the College this past week. I would like to thank our Art Teacher, Mrs Amy Farrell, for all her hard work both in preparation for the festival but also throughout 2019. The Lavalla Dance Troupe also performed at the conclusion of the Opening Showcase, showcasing their PALS Project performance. Thank you to our Performing Arts Teacher, Mrs Amy Raveendrakumar, for her efforts in preparing the students for this performance. Click here to see more photos from the week and for the full list of award recipients.

Term 4 Swimming Lessons

A reminder that all students in Years 1 – 6 will take part in the College’s in-school Swimming Lessons Program in Term 4. Registration is compulsory as swimming lessons are part of the College’s Sporting Program. Click here for further information and to register your child online.

Years 5 and 6 Family Life Sessions

In Weeks 2 and 3, Years 5 and 6 students will engage in education sessions from Family Life Education Services. Details of these incursions have been communicated to parents via Seqta.

  • Year 6 – ‘Becoming a man / Becoming a woman’
  • Year 5 – ‘I am nature’s greatest miracle’

Lavalla Campus Assembly

Today’s assembly item was presented by 4 Green who showcased their recent learning of poetic devices. They recited poems they have been learning and finished with a song. Thank-you to Mrs MacBean and 4 Green for your efforts in preparing your item for our enjoyment.

Along with the Merit Awards, students who have recently entered a number of competitions were also recognised and/or received a certificate for their efforts. These competitions include:

  • Speak Up Competition
  • Fred Hollows Award
  • Scitech Challenge

Congratulations to all of the award winners today.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations Addison Blizzard Year 6 who was acknowledged today in receiving the Lavalla Campus Marcellin Award.

Addison is always ready to offer a helping hand to help others. Her every thought and action is genuinely motivated from the heart, in both her consideration of others and in the hope of being the best she can be whilst never seeking outward praise or acknowledgement.

On many occasions, Addison has been seen letting others have a go before herself and she has also given up what she has so that someone else doesn’t have to go without. Addison is also described as someone who has a positive attitude, always smiling and is grateful for the blessings she has, and in turn, is generous in sharing her blessings with others. She shows excellent leadership qualities, works diligently and is respectful towards everyone she meets. This can be seen in her polite and courteous manner, as well as her proactive approach towards helping others.

The Marcellin Award at Lavalla is presented at campus assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.

Primary Disco

Tickets are now on sale via trybooking for the Primary Disco. Click here to purchase your tickets.

To help the event run smoothly we need 15 parent volunteers per session to set up, encourage participation, outside duties & coordinate students for pick up. If you can help please email your name, contact number and session choice to Tamara at